Shade Named President of AIA-Northern Virginia
Marlene Walli Shade, AIA, LEED AP, a senior architect and project manager in the Fairfax, VA, office of PSA-Dewberry, has been elected president of the Northern Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Shade has been a member of the professional organization since she was a student studying architecture at Clemson University.
has nearly 30 years of design and management experience in the architectural profession.
She has been with PSA-Dewberry for more than 10 years, and has managed several of the firm's most notable projects in the public sector.
Recent projects include the new Frederick County Work Release Center
in Maryland; the Thurmont Regional Library
, now under construction in Maryland; the University of Virginia Breast Care Center
in Charlottesville; and the Prince George's Hospital Maternal and Child Care Center
in Cheverly, Maryland.
Projects currently in design under Shade's direction include the design-build expansion of the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford, Virginia, which is being constructed under the state's Public- Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA); and the LEED certification of the Oakton Library
now under construction in Oakton, Virginia.
A registered architect and LEED-accredited professional, Shade
has played an instrumental role in training and mentoring PSA-Dewberry
architects and interns in sustainable design strategies and green building technology.
Several of Shade's projects have incorporated advanced measures for sustainability and energy conservation.
Shade has also been an advocate for advancing and incorporating accessibility measures in architecture; including serving on an advisory committee with the United States Access Board, an independent federal agency that works to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
She has also served on the board of directors of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and provided pro bono design services and support to the Greenwell Foundation, which promotes park preservation, conservation, and recreation programs with a particular focus on supporting people with disabilities.
Shade's leadership with AIA-NoVa has included serving as the chair of Virginia Architecture Week
, an annual education and outreach initiative, since the event's inception in 1999.
She has also served on the Honors and Awards committee.
Shade holds a Masters in Architecture and a bachelor's degree in pre-architecture from Clemson University.
- Celebrating 150 Years
will oversee the 900-member Northern Virginia chapter as the AIA
celebrates its 150th anniversary nationally.